I hope everyone is having an amazing week so far!
I’m on day four of my shoot, and I’ve had 13-hour-days on set, so needless to say, I haven’t been able to get my typical post out!
What is everyone doing for the 4th of July?!
I’m so excited because we have our annual family reunion up in Wisconsin! It is truly my happy place — Heaven on Earth as far as I’m concerned.
So I’m getting ready for my trip and packing, and I wanted to share some of my summertime favorites!
None of this is sponsored, they’re just good old fashioned true blues!
Frozen watermelon slushies
Now, it is up to your discretion whether or not to add vodka or rum to this magical fruity concoction (read: DO IT!) but there’s nothing quite like a delicious fruity drink on a hot day. I would suggest sipping with a brightly colored bendy straw and a little umbrella.
Just freeze some watermelon chunks, throw them in a blender with some lime juice and a splash of vodka, and you’re all set!
A Beachread that is good for the soul
Let’s face it: there’s a lot of garbage out there in the literary and entertainment world. And garbage in, garbage out, that’s what I always say. Why not nourish the mind while relaxing the body? I just recently finished The Right One, which was a great read about how to find the right spouse. And next up, I’m going to be reading Love as a Way of Life. I can’t wait! I’ll be starting tomorrow during my downtime on set! Clearly, you can see a theme here — I am in serious heart-prep mode. Love, I’m ready for ya!! (And – shameless plug – if you sign up for a free trial of Audible, you can listen to this book for free!)
Taking a vacation from your phone
This may come as a no-brainer, but during the summer, at least for one weekend, I like to take a break from my phone. I mean — turn it off! There’s something about unplugging and being present — mind, body, and eyeballs — with the people you care about that truly recharges your soul. And luckily, being in Wisconsin is that time for me! We don’t even get service at our lake home! So bring on the tranquility and quality time!
Reacquaint yourself with BOARD GAMES!
Yes, you read that right….BOARD GAMES! This is kind of a piggy back off of that last one, but here’s a great idea. During that weekend where you don’t have your phone…play a BOARD GAME! I’ll tell you what, you learn so much about a person by how they interact around a Cranium board. Which, by the way is my all-time favorite board game. That, Pictionary and Scattergories. FAVORITES. Oh, and Taboo too. You can be sure that tournaments will be had up at the lake home. And your girl’s competitive!!!
Feast in the glory of summer produce
This one is a no-brainer. Fruit at this time of year is second to none. So get yourself a bag of cherries, or some glorious strawberries and go to town. They won’t be this sweet (or cheap!) for another 11 months.
Stay up late and catch lightning bugs while eating s’mores
Summer fire pit nights are the best. Scratch that. Summer nights in general are the best. Put on long pants, long sleeves and a hoodie to protect yourself from the mosquitos, spray on some organic natural bug spray, and sit around the fire with your loved ones. Time is precious. I’ve learned that over the last year and a half after my mom’s stroke. You just never know how precious time is until something shakes you into attention. So slow down. Eat a s’more (or three). And talk about things that matter. And while we’re on the topic…add peanut butter to your s’mores. Either that or use a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup instead of a chocolate bar….You’ll thank me later. I promise 🙂
Protect your skin! Wear *good* sunscreen and a UPF 50 hat!
I know, I know — I am a HUGE DORK when it comes to skin care, but sun protection is far and away the best skincare secret. It is hands down the best anti-aging preventative measure. I swear by this hat – which is UPF 50 – and this sunscreen. It is life changing. I literally don’t go outside without it.
And I also just recently discovered this little bad boy. It’s a setting spray that you carry in your purse that is SPF 50 that you can spritz over your makeup. Another game changer. Again, I wouldn’t mention these things unless I truly believe in the products. And this is something I am passionate about. I mean hey – look at my Instagram. I’m wearing my hat in 90% of my photos!! haha
Have a date with God over a glass of wine and the sunset
There is nothing more spectacular than a summer sunset. Let me rephrase that. There is nothing that reflects God’s majesty more magnificently than a sunset during the summertime. I have been trying to create more intentional time with Jesus — It’s why I started my daily bible podcast, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning!” But this summer, I’m going to try to just have mores dates with Jesus — listen to some worship music, read the bible with a rosé-in-a-can, and watch Him paint me a masterpiece in the sky 🙂 I always walk away feeling so loved and so close to my Maker.
So those are some of my summertime favorites!
What are yours?! I think it’s fascinating to hear what other people are loving, so let me know!!
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